Connolly, Schirmer & Batts - History
Connolly ,Schirmer & Batts is one of the oldest legal firms in Rockhampton.
Solicitor, Colin Pride Stumm, was the firm's founder. Born in 1892, Colin served In the Eleventh Light Horse Regimen in World War I and was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in dispatches.
In 1921, he entered into partnership with Solicitor, Hugh Grant, and practised as Grant & Stumm in Rockhampton. Colin left that partnership in 1940 to practise in his own right at William Street, Rockhampton as C.P. Stumm, Solicitor
In 1951, Archibald James Watt the local Deputy Public Curator at Rockhampton and a qualified solicitor, entered into partnership with Colin Pride Stumm and they practised under the firm name, C.P. Stumm & Watt. Colin Pride Stumm died in 1962.
In the mid 1960's James Lawrence Connolly, a Rockhampton Solicitor entered into partnership with Archibald James Watt and practised as Watt & Connolly, Solicitors. James Connolly was previously the Principal of another Rockhampton legal firm, Cooper & Connolly.
The firm name thereafter changed as various partners left and new partners entered practice. Names included -
- Watt Connolly & Co.
- Connolly, Braddy, Schirmer & Batts
- Connolly, Schirmer & Batts
The current Principal of the firm, Allan Raynor Batts, joined the firm in 1970 following ten years service with the Department of Justice in the Supreme Court Registries at Rockhampton and Townsville. He was born and educated In Rockhampton and qualified as a Solicitor in 1968.
A.R. Batts - Principal